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Penguins, Sabres schedule outdoor game

Sept. 17, 2007 at 4:08 PM

BUFFALO, N.Y., Sept. 17 (UPI) -- The Pittsburgh Penguins and Buffalo Sabres will play an NHL regular-season game on News Year's Day outdoors at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y.

The so-called NHL Winter Classic is being billed as the first outdoors regular-season game to be player in the United States. The Jan. 1, 2008, game is to take place in the stadium when the NFL's Buffalo Bills play their games. Ralph Wilson Stadium seats nearly 74,000.

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"Many of our players have great memories of playing outdoors when they were growing up," NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. "This game provides a wonderful opportunity to showcase our great players, honor hockey's heritage and ring in the New Year with the best fans in sports."

The average temperature in Buffalo in January is about 25 degrees Fahrenheit.

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